BMZ spin-off plans to build Giga factory for lithium-ion cells

May 22, 2017 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
BMZ spin-off plans to build Giga factory for lithium-ion cells
The newly founded company TerraE Holding GmbH headquartered in Frankfurt am Main plans to build a large-scale production facility for lithium-ion cells in Germany. Founding members are BMZ Holding GmbH, a well-established manufacturer of industrial battery modules; Dr. Ulrich Ehmes, former CEO of Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché SA, and Holger Gritzka, formerly manager of ThyssenKrupp System Engineering, who will assume the management responsibilities.

The goal is to gradually build up production capacities of up to 34 GWh / year by the year 2028. The business model will be a "foundry", similar to the widespread business model in the semiconductor industry. The markets of industry and electromobility are addressed with different cell formats. Upon request, Ulrich Ehmes explained that the company plans to qualify battery cells for electric vehicles to position itself as a supplier to future electromobility markets. From the beginning however, TerraE will manufacture batteries for power tools in the first place, “because this is a market that is already growing very rapidly,” Ehmes said. He added that BMZ will hold one third of the shares.

Production start is scheduled for 2019. Currently TerraE is evaluating various locations for the factory.  The funding is to be ensured by industrial partners as well as financial investors. Talks with partners in other European countries are under way, the company said. An important role in TerraE’s manufacturing concept will play the findings devised in the "Giga-LIB" project, which was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

More information: TerraE

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